Maria Alfano


Chief Operating Officer, FloridaMakes

Maria is the Chief Operating Officer of FloridaMakes, whose mission is to improve the productivity and technological performance of Florida’s manufacturers.  Maria is focused on the development and implementation of assessments, training and consulting services for manufacturers to increase their top line growth and bottom-line savings.

She has deep experience in the manufacturing sector, having led executive management functions for startups and established companies, with operational expertise in business development, product development, strategic, operational and budget planning, both domestically and internationally. Maria has extensive consulting experience working with manufacturing companies on issues ranging from product development and marketing to strategic and financial planning. She has managed two Italian manufacturing companies, and helped establish a Florida-based manufacturing facility for producing photovoltaic solar panels internationally.

Maria has a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College, a master of science in business administration from Boston University Metropolitan College, and is fluent in Italian.